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What is face lift surgery?
Face lift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical method for removing sagging, wrinkles on the face by stretching and lifting. This is not only skin lifting surgery. Replacing and lifting a special tissue called SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponurotic System) is the main step to achieve best and long lasting result. However, in recent years, all attempts about aging in the face have started to be referred to under the name of facial renewal (facial rejuvenation). As the human ages, with the effect of years, sun rays, daily stresses and other factors (smoking etc.); the facial skin sags, wrinkles, various spots and irregularities occur on it. At an old age; the forehead lines are prominent, the eyebrows are dropped, the eyelids are drooping, bagging and lines are formed under the eyes, deep lines are formed in the mouth-nose area, the cheek is sagging, the chin contours are lost, the neck is oiled and the skin curtains are formed. The skin loses its vitality, sunspots and other moles appear on it, it becomes thinner and wrinkled. With face lift surgery and additional rejuvenation methods (laser resurfacing and peeling procedures, simple hyaluronic acid and collagen precursor amino acids product application and Dermal fillers) , sagging and irregularities listed above can be fixed.
Who are the best candidates for this surgery?
Ideal candidates for face lift surgery are those whose face skin has started to sag, but their skin still has not lost its elasticity and has no other health problems. Usually, this operation is performed on men and women over the age of 40. However, due to structural and genetic reasons, this type of surgery can be performed at an earlier age in full or limited. During face lift surgery, nose and eyelid esthetic surgeries, forehead lifting, brow lift surgeries can be added to make the face look more beautiful and younger.
Smoking and Face Lift Surgery
After a face lift surgery blood circulation problems may develop on the surface of the face skin. Wound healing will be extremely diffucult for smokers. So, I prefer not to do this surgery to smokers. I want heavy smokers to quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
The operation is performed in hospital conditions, under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, in the operating room. It can be performed with general anesthesia. This type of surgery may take 3-6 hours depending on the technique and additional surgeries mentioned above to be done. I want you to stay in the hospital for one or more days depending on the procedures to be done. Face lift surgery is not scarless. However, these scars are not obvious as they are hidden in the scalp area, in front of and behind the ears.
Early period after surgery
Things will begin to normalize on the second day, even if the early period is a little bit difficult. There may be a general swelling and bruising, feeling numbness and tightness on the face. Since facial nerves may be slightly affected by anesthesia during the operation, there may be slight temporary asymmetries on the face. Cold pack is applied to the head bandage and cheeks, leaving the eyes, nose and mouth open. In order to prevent blood accumulation in surgical area, silicone tubes, called drains, can be placed. These tubes will be taken within 2-3 days. There will be a face garment which will stay 3 weeks on your face to support lifted tissues. Hair can be washed during this period. All stitches will be resolvable so there will not be a stitch removal procedure.
Return to normal life
After 3-5 days, the patient can return to daily life without getting herself / himself tired. It is recommended to avoid heavy exercises and excessive sunlight and external impacts for the following 2-months.